28 Nov 2008

Strawberry exports revived

12:50 pm on 28 November 2008

The falling New Zealand dollar is a boon for strawberry growers who have re-established an export trade to the United States and Canada.

Strawberry Growers New Zealand chair John Greensmith says the high value of the New Zealand dollar during the past two seasons prevented exports, especially to the United States and Canada.

A more favourable exchange rate now also allows New Zealand to lift strawberry exports to Asian markets.

He says the increased export trade has given growers a new outlet for their fruit during what's proving to be a slow season so far for domestic sales.